Protecting Sumatra’s forests

Sumatra’s 10 governors and four government ministries (Environment, Forests, Interior and Public Works) made a bold commitment to protect the remaining forests and critical ecosystems of Sumatra, an Indonesian island that holds some of the world’s most diverse – and threatened – forests. The historic agreement represents the first-ever island-wide commitment to protect Sumatra’s stunning biodiversity. This will protect Sumatra’s remaining forests, home to the Sumatran tiger, rhino, orang-utan and Asian elephant. More than 13 percent of Sumatra’s remaining forests are peat forests, which sit atop the deepest peat soil in the world. Protecting these forests will also help in mitigating global climate change.

Indonesia doubles size of key national park and brings new hope for Sumatra’s elephants and tigers

The government of Indonesia has declared its commitment to expanding the vital Tesso Nilo National Park on Sumatra island to 86,000 hectares. Tesso Nilo is one of the last havens of endangered Sumatran elephants and critically endangered Sumatran tigers. With more than 4,000 plant species recorded so far, the forest of Tesso Nilo has the highest lowland forest plant biodiversity known to science, with many species yet to be discovered.


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